There are so many brands that are making Diwali a whole lot sweeter with their unique offerings that we couldn’t include everything in one list. Carrying forth from our first listicle on gourmet gifting ideas for Diwali, here is a new set of scrumptious options to help you spread love, joy and light this season.
The plant-based delivery kitchen has introduced a limited edition Diwali gift box featuring vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free mithais created by Founder and Plant Based Chef Raveena Taurani. The box includes Khajur & Pista Rabri, Rose Kaju Katli, Kesar Badaam Peda, Smoked Paprika Mixed Nuts & Seeds as well as custom-made bowls by Sejal of Artesanía – The Clay Studio.
If you are looking for individual mithai boxes, you can choose from Rose and Saffron Kaju Katli and Kesar Badaam Peda. They also have a range of decadent kulfis made with coconut milk and 100 per cent coconut sugar. The hamper costs Rs2199, other mithais start from Rs499.
Entisi’s chocolate hamper (Rs3000) contains everything that a chocoholic would desire and is a curation of their best items including bonbons, dragees, bars, chocolate spreads and single origin chocolate bars.
You could also opt for their colourful box of 25 melt-in-the-mouth bonbons (Rs1795) or an assortment of 30 chocolate slims (Rs1100). Order via Swiggy, Zomato, in stores or online.
Mumbai-based Brownsalt Bakery’s flavoured granolas are filled with natural goodness sans additional sugar. Perfect for cravings, you can choose from Almond & Cranberry, Honey Hazelnut, Nutella Hazelnut, Banana Bread and more. Top it up with their cookies and it takes indulgence to another level.
The brand has pre-curated boxes that range from Rs750 – Rs 1400. The celebratory boxes that draw inspiration from miniature paintings of India are designed by famed visual artist Sajid Wajid Shaikh.
Chef Prateek Bakhtiani wants people to savour chocolate like fine wine. He approaches chocolate differently, creating collections based on his inspiration and transverses these feelings to his chocolates. His bars come with no divisions and are an experience in themselves.
The Diwali Box (Rs1500) has three chocolate tablets – Genmai, Noir and Smoke. For those who like traditional sweets, Bakhtiani puts a contemporary spin to it with his Halwaii cake (serves 4-6, Rs2000). Based on sweet boondi, this cake also has green pistachios, Damascus roses and saffron from three different origins.
Bombay Sweet Shop
This contemporary mithai shop will take you down memory lane all the way to your childhood with its range of Diwali sweets. Their 100 per cent vegetarian goodies combine the best of tradition – ghee, sugar, nuts and khoya – with modern favourites like sticky caramel, toasted hazelnuts and white chocolate. Choose from Badi Diwali (Rs4000), Choti Diwali (Rs3750), Diwali Dhamaka (Rs2700) and Teen Patti Bag (Rs2500, this comes with a set of specially designed playing cards). You can also add on pure Kashmiri saffron and bespoke brass platters to up the luxe factor.
The Leela Mumbai
Their Grand Celebration Hamper (Rs7,990) is curated for those who enjoy the finer things in life. It includes flavoured extra virgin olive oil cheese crackers, cold pressed oils, Dijon mustard, confiture, gourmet popcorn, the Le 15 gourmet chikkis, immunity tea, chocolates from Cococart and a Dandelion Living handmade scented candle. Their sommelier can also pick out a wine to accompany the goodies, on request. Alternatively, you could also pair the hamper with a bottle of champagne. Personalised hampers start from Rs5000. Call 75069 3246.
The Baker’s Dozen
The popular artisanal bread bakery’s festive collection pays homage to the country’s cultural roots. Their all-new range of cakes, cookies, bake@home kits and gift hampers are infused with cardamom, rose, lemon, pistachio, and sesame. The festive boxes incorporate designs inspired by Patan Patola weaves in order to promote the art and the weavers behind this beautiful, labour-intensive textile.
What’s more, is that designs can be cut out to create a bookmark and serves as a keepsake of this signature weave. Chef and Founder Aditi Handa is also running a ‘Gift a Light’ campaign to support third generation Patan Patola weavers. Available online, in-store and at retail stores.
Perry Road Peru
The Bombay Canteen has collaborated with Stranger & Sons to create India’s first distilled cocktail – Perry Road Peru. Be the first few to share this limited-edition bottle with your friends and family as it reminds you of all things Bombay – sweet, sour, spicy and salty. Perry Road Peru comes with a generous pinch of chili-salt mix and can be served over ice or in a highball with a spiced rim, topped with tonic, to celebrate the good times. Priced at Rs2999 (delivery charges extra), it is available only in Mumbai. Order online or pick it up from The Bombay Canteen or O Pedro.
Inspired by Asian ingredients and European culinary techniques, Yauatcha’s desserts, especially their petits gateaux are delectable and are a treat for the global traveller. Spread some cheer with their grand (Rs1950), luxury (Rs2750) and premium (Rs3988) hampers filled with an extensive array of macarons, chocolates, tea and more. Call +91 96195 70357 for more details.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
La Patisserie at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, has a range of traditional mithais, macaroons and baklavas for you to choose from. You can customise your hampers or save yourself the trouble by ordering the Gourmet Box (Rs1500 plus taxes), which represents the festival of lights in its entirety.
The comprehensive hamper is filled with classic handmade almond rocks, their signature cookies, raisins, almonds, scented candle, a traditional diya, a Diwali toran and a Ganesha idol. Call: +91 9820194527or +91 9137089581 to place your order.
Perch Wine and Coffee Bar in Mumbai has a Diwali hamper filled with delectable goodies that are life saviours when you crave some snacks. Stock up on it at home for unannounced guests, for self-indulgence or to gift a fellow foodie. The hamper contains lip-smacking sauces and spreads like an in-house red wine and grape violet mustard, Chunky Roasted Peanut Butter & Jelly spread, Smoked Roasted Nuts, Marinated Olives and Jalapenos, Pickled Apricots, Monstasio and Zarai cheese from Darima Farms, Red Pepper Soft Cheese with Fresh Turmeric Ciabatta and Everything Bagel Breadsticks to enjoy with the local cheeses.
Baba au Rhum topped with pastry cream and macerated fruit and Banana Bread add a tinge of sweetness to the hamper. You can add a bottle of wine to the hamper. It is priced at Rs2750 and Rs5750 with wine. Call +91 9820893375 for orders.
The Brooklyn Creamery
If you are looking for a gift for someone who counts their calorie intake, but still wants a sweet indulgence, The Brooklyn Creamery is a low-calorie ice cream brand that comes to your rescue. Choose from Sea Salt Caramel, Kulfi, Choco Fudge Brownie, Butterscotch, Chocoholic, Soho Berry and more. Tubs cost Rs275. Available on Swiggy, Zomato and local retail stores.
Known as the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch Whisky, Glenfiddich, owned and produced by William Grant & Sons Distillers Limited (since 1887) has released a limited-edition gift pack for 2020. The elegant, green bottle carries Glenfiddich’s 12-year old whisky, which is available to be bought and be gifted to your dear whisky enthusiasts anywhere in India.
Online chocolate superstore Cococart has new additions for chocoholics this festive season. Pick from Dimello Coffee’s biodegradable coffee capsules, premium gift boxes, bars and chocolate coated nuts from Valrhona, Neuhaus’ Belgian pralines, Godiva coffee and Coco Chocolatier’s drinking chocolate. Available in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, and Chennai.